EU agency says titanium dioxide not safe as white pigment for food May 07, 2021 0 53 12345 Rome Titanium dioxide, often used as a colourant in many foods, is not safe for human consumption because of possible cancer risks, an EU agency said on Thursday.Titanium dioxide, often called E171 in the list of ingredients, can be found in chewing gum, sweets, baked goods, soups and salad dressings.Several consumer advocacy groups have been calling for the white pigment additive to be phased out from use for some time. The European Food Safety Authority said there was no conclusive evidence that E171 had general toxic effects on the body.However, since agency investigators could not rule out genotoxicity concerns - meaning the substance might be capable of damaging DNA in cells - the decision was made to no longer consider E171 safe. The Italy-based agency did not impose a ban, but gave its assessment to the European Commission and the 27 EU member states for further action.“Although the evidence for general toxic effects was not conclusive, on the basis of the new data and strengthened methods we could not rule out a concern for genotoxicity and consequently we could not establish a safe level for daily intake of the food additive,” said professor Matthew Wright, a member of the E171 working group, in a statement. (dpa) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Top diplomats of Turkey, Germany discuss stability of ‘fragile’ Libya May 07, 2021 0 551 EU to debate Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver after US U-turn May 07, 2021 0 328 Two US students sentenced to life for killing Italian police officer May 07, 2021 0 45 At least 25 killed as Rio de Janeiro police raid drug traffickers dpa Rio de Janeiro At least 25 people have died in a shoot-out during a police operation against an organized crime gang in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, according to local media. The victims of the raid include 24 suspects and .. US reports over 45,000 new Covid cases; total 794 new deaths dpa Washington The US reported 45,085 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the national total to 33,321,244. The country also recorded 794 new deaths on the same day. With this, the Covid death toll in the US .. Simple measures could reduce global warming from methane : UN Berlin Simple and inexpensive measures could reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas methane by 30 percent by 2030, slowing the rate of global warming, according to a UN report released on Thursday. The methane cuts ..